Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch to feature on new album & Julian Assange refused to meet him for ‘The Fifth Estate’


Benedict Cumberbatch could be about to add another string to his bow, it has been reported. The talented actor is about to release his latest movie Star Trek Into Darkness but it’s been claimed that he has also been turning his hand to music and will be featured on a new compilation album put together by Röyksopp.

Benedict found fame on hit BBC drama Sherlock in recent years and his star has been on the rise ever since. As well as starring in Star Trek, he has also worked on Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’ and recently filmed ‘The Fifth Estate’ where he took on the lead role.

The Sun reports this morning that Benedict will feature on the latest edition of the long-running Late Night Tales albums, in which artists’ share their favourite and most memorable tracks.

However, fear not. For those of you worried that Cumberbatch could damage his image by crooning in public, it has been revealed that he will not be singing, but will instead be speaking during one track, as is tradition in the Late Night Tales series.


He will narrate the second half of the story ‘Flat of Angles’ by Simon Cleary, after reading the first half on the Late Night Tales compilation by Friendly Fires in 2012.

The Röyksopp mix also features XTC, Vangelis and John Martyn and is slated for release next month, June 16th.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that while Benedict Cumberbatch is a big supporter of Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder does not return the admiration at all.

The star will portray Assange in his latest movie ‘The Fifth Estate’ and was keen to meet the man of mystery, to help him get a handle on his character and role. The movie has now finished shooting and it’s been claimed that Julian refused to meet with Benedict while he was working on the project.

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“He didn’t want to condone the film because he thought – hopefully erroneously when he sees the end product – that the project would castigate him and portray a negative side of his enterprise,” Cumberbatch told The Telegraph this week.

He added:

“He didn’t want to meet me because he feels the source materials we’ve based the movie on were poisonous to his account of the events. When he sees it I hope he feels that it’s more balanced. I think he will. I hope he will.”

“We’re still trying to understand the impact of WikiLeaks and what he has given the world with that extraordinary idea to create an anonymous whistle-blowing website,” said Cumberbatch. “It was an amazing thing to reinvestigate someone who has been mired in controversy and actually realise that he was profoundly gifted and should be celebrated.”

The Fifth Estate is based in part on Domscheit-Berg’s book Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange and the World’s Most Dangerous Website, as well as WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy by British journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding.

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